Nature part 2: Brad Brodek 9/28

Nature part two:

In the first part of nature Coates defines nature in 5 ways but in the second part he talks about it historically and how it changes over time by the culture and place. In chapter 6 he talks about about nature in Europe during the 18th and 19th century and how untouched it was. He also talks about it and Yosemite and how over time it went from what everyone thought to be untouched (but really the native Americans were there and would take care of the land while using it) then as time went on and the Indians were gone the park became wilder and started to become overgrown. He also talks about how the culture of the people changes over time and this will effect how they look at and take care of nature. For example in the 1500s the culture was different than it is today. Today we have a culture were we tend to be selfish and will deforest because of profit and material needs were as in the 1500s this didn’t happen.

He also talked about about the earths path and what we have done to it and if it is reversible or if pretty much we are screwed and all the harm we done to the environment cant be changed. He talks about nature and the way we view it. He believes that humans still appreciate nature and the earth, but we still would rather turn it into cities, farms and anything but leaving it untouched. I believe this is a powerful statement and very true like he says on 124, “Wilderness was the raw material out of which nature was fashioned- nature being the improved, privately owned landscape of farms, gardens, and rural estates that occupied middle ground between industrial urban society and untamed savagery”

The last thing I thought was important was when he talked about Darwin’s theory. Darwin was not a romantic towards nature, but he loved it very much and realized the importance of it. But there were many romantics that viewed the landscape as a thing of beauty, they started painting pictures of the nature, usually mountains, which was often sublime like we talked about earlier in the year. This is when people realized the importance of these untouched wild places and how they needed to be preserved.

Interesting quotes:

“we move around the park from view to view like visitors in an art gallery” (119)

“Wilderness was the raw material out of which nature was fashioned- nature being the improved, privately owned landscape of farms, gardens, and rural estates that occupied middle ground between industrial urban society and untamed savagery” (124)

“Modern environmentalism has been conditioned by a range of dangers to land air, seas, and inland waters that are largely unique to the period since the second world war.” (125)

“Art perfects imperfect nature” (131)

“Many eco-socialists are wary of appeal to nature because they feel that nature has most frequenty been marshaled in defense of conservative causes” (147)

“According to the deep ecological world-wide ‘we the people’ who drive to many cars, use to much disposable nappies and eat to many cheeseburgers, must should direct responsibility for our ecological predicament.” (154)

“Rejecting the need to control human capacity for destruction, Fukuyama singled out environmentalist as the greatest threat to history, defined not as ideological struggle, but as the extension of human control over nature.” (174)

“Other commentators derive from earthquakes, hurricanes, mudslides, floods and drought, which they interpret- if not as natures sweet revenge against humans misdeeds. (189)

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